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Department of Animal Sciences


Two Winners from Animal Sciences in OARDC Scientific Poster Competition

May. 10, 2017
PhD Student Christopher Okonkwo (second from right) placed 2nd among PhD students

The Department of Animal Sciences had two poster competition winners during the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's (OARDC) 2017 research conference on April 20. The competition, which drew 83 entries, recognized outstanding research posters by OARDC-supported graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research assistants and associates. OARDC is the research arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

PhD Students

  • Second place: Christopher Okonkwo, Animal Sciences, “Feasibility of Producing 2,3-Butanediol From Lignocellulosic Biomass.” Adviser: T.C. Ezeji, Animal Sciences.

Research Assistants and Associates

  • Third place: Revathi Shanmugasundaram, Animal Sciences, “Embryonic Thermal Manipulation Induces Heat Shock Protein 70 and Helps the Duck Immune System Mature Embryonically”; adviser: Michael Lilburn, Animal Sciences.

Associate Professor Ramesh Selvaraj also serves as an advisor for the first place winner, Sankar Renu (Food Animal Health Research Program and Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine), in the Postdoctoral Researcher category.

The first-place winners in each category received $500; the second-place winners, $300; the third-place winners, $150.

The conference featured three main speakers on a theme of “Biological Resistance: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture and Society.”

PhD Student Christopher OkonkwoGraduate Research Associate Revathi Shanmugasundaram